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Courage, Marshal Ney: Last Stand Of The Bravest Of The Brave

Summary of: Courage, Marshal Ney: Last Stand of the Bravest of the Brave In June of 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempts at reclaiming the French Empire are destroyed on the field of Waterloo. In the months to follow, the restored Bourbon monarchy seeks retribution against many of the now-exiled emperor’s former generals. Foremost,

The Man Behind the Iron Mask

Summary of: The Man Behind the Iron Mask "For more than three hundred years the legend of 'the man in the iron mask' has held a place on the stage of human enquiry and debate. From the time of his incarceration during the reign of Louis XIV right through to our modern

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

Summary of: Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero   Romm writes that Seneca watched over Nero as teacher, moral guide, and surrogate father, and, at seventeen, when Nero abruptly ascended to become emperor of Rome, Seneca, a man never avid for political power became, with Nero, the ruler

The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom

Summary of: The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom Set in magnificent Renaissance France, this is the story of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm. Catherine de' Medici

Joan of Arc: A History

Summary of:  Joan of Arc: A History Helen Castor tells afresh the compelling story of the peasant girl from Domremy who hears voices from God, leads the French army to victory, is burned at the stake for heresy, and eventually becomes a saint. But unlike the traditional narrative, a story already

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